Michael Webb

Professor Michael Webb

Director Cyber and Defence

Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research)

Division of Research and Innovation

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Michael Webb joined the University of Adelaide in July 2008 where he is currently Director, Defence and Security, providing a single point of contact within the University for Defence and Security related research and education. In addition, Michael continues as the Deputy Director (Defence) at the Centre for Defence Communications and Information Networking (CDCIN). His research interests include policy defined networking, network traffic profiling and understanding the dynamics of trust in society as applied to cyber security. Michael has a PhD in physics from the University of St Andrews and a Master’s in mathematical psychology from the University of Adelaide. Prior to working in academia, Michael worked in the Defence Science and Technology Group for over 20 years. While at DST Group he led research in the following areas: over-the-horizon and microwave radar; signals intelligence; and command & control. Michael received the Australian Operational Service Medal (Iraq and ICAT) for his leadership of a mixed military and civilian team in the evaluation of the deployed Defence communications capability in the Middle-East Area of Operations during 2006. Michael also received a commendation for the David Marr Prize in Cognitive Science (2004), recognition for his outstanding contribution to re-architecting the Australian Signals Directorate (2000), and an Outstanding Presentation Award for IEEE MTT-S (1994). Since moving into the university sector, Michael has led a diverse range of applied research including: development of a C3 stress modelling methodology for application to Special Forces missions and Australia’s Joint Amphibious Capability; development of an information architecture for Australia’s highly dispersed Electronic Warfare capability; technology forecasting for Australia’s Special Forces; development of a prototype Strategic Common Picture (STRATCP) for Defence’s Strategic Command Group; as well as the development of a number of decision support and modelling applications in Defence communications.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 - ongoing Director, Defence & Security University of Adelaide
    2010 - ongoing Deputy Director, Defence, Centre for Defence Communications and Information Networking University of Adelaide
    2008 - 2009 Senior Analyst, Defence, The Centre for Defence Communications and Information Networking University of Adelaide
    2002 - 2008 Head of Group (Principal Research Scientist) DSTO, Department of Defence
    1995 - 2002 Senior Research Scientist DSTO, Department of Defence
    1992 - 1995 Research Scientist DSTO, Department of Defence
    1989 - 1992 Research Scientist Cadet at University of St Andrews, UK DSTO, Department of Defence
    1988 - 1989 Antenna Design Engineer DSTO, Department of Defence
    1987 - ongoing Electronics Design Engineer Practel Pty Ltd
    1986 - ongoing Antenna and Hi-Fi Loudspeaker Design Engineer Duntech Pty Ltd
    1985 - ongoing Research Assistant University of Adelaide
    1984 - ongoing Distribution Engineer Electricity Trust of South Australia
    1983 - ongoing RF Design Engineer Codan Pty Ltd
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2010 University of Adelaide Australia Master of Medical Science,
    1989 - 1992 University of St Andrews United Kingdom PhD,
    1979 - 1982 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Engineering (Hons),
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2007 - 2007 Executive Leadership Development Program Defence Science Technology Organisation, Department of Defence Australia
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2023 Co-Supervisor Understanding factors impacting the use of deception technology when used for defensive cyber operations. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Richard Brian Munslow
    2022 Principal Supervisor Redefining the Force: Light Combat Aircraft and Reshaping the Training of RMAF Fighter Pilots Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Azri Hj Ahmad
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Towards Exposing Coordinating Inauthentic Groups on Social Media Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Derek Christopher Weber
    2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Efficient Terahertz-Range Beam Control Using Flat Optics Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Daniel Jonathan Headland
  • Position: Director Cyber and Defence
  • Phone: 83130128
  • Email: m.webb@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83134395
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Eleanor Harrald, floor 1
  • Org Unit: Defence and Security Institute

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